Archive - Obituary
June 6th, 2012
John J. Pease, of Bluffton, passed away at 2 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at River Terrace Estates.
John was born on Oct. 4, 1924, in Wells County, to Lester R. Pease and Evelyn D. (Speheger) Pease. He married Esther L. (Ginter) in Wells County on April 14, 1946. She preceded him in death on July 27, 2001. John married Phyllis (Barnett) Langel in Adams County on Sept. 24, 2002, and she survives.
John was a graduate of Bluffton High School. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran having served our country from July 29, 1943, to Jan. 24, 1946, in the European Theater.
David A. Graves, 69, of Roanoke, Ind., passed away at 2:05 p.m. Saturday, June 2, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born Nov. 19, 1942, in Allen County, he was the son of Deloss S. and Donna Belle (Swing) Graves-Gillam.
Mr. Graves graduated from Roanoke High School with the class of 1961. He was a lifetime resident of Roanoke, except for the time he served in the U.S. Air Force from May, 1961-1965.
Larry Robert Bills, 76, of Columbia City, died at home at 1:40 p.m. Saturday, June 2, 2012. Born on April 21, 1936, in Whitley County, he was the son of Charles Alfred and Thelma Odetta (Campbell) Bills.
A lifelong Whitley County resident, he attended Troy Center Grade School and Larwill High School.
He married Carolyn A. Miller in Fort Wayne on Jan. 21, 1961. She died in 2008.
Mary A. Wilson, 84, a resident of Huntertown and widow of Melvin Earl Wilson, passed away at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2012, at her home following a lengthy illness.
She was born on Dec. 2, 1927, in Hartford, Ala., a daughter of Hose and Florence (Cotton) Simmons, and spent her formative years in that area, where she graduated from high school.
On Oct. 23, 1943, she was married in Florida to Melvin Earl Wilson, and moved to Huntertown following her marriage.
Lawrence A. Croy, 90, of Churubusco, died at 8:56 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
He was born Sept. 21, 1921, to Charles â€śChickâ€ť Andrew and Marie (Kirncher) Croy.
In addition to his parents and wife, Bonnie (Tonkel) Croy he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, two brothers, a half-brother, a half-sister and a granddaughter.
William F. Hullinger, 81, passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at the V.A. Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Born July 10, 1930, in Decatur, he worked as a Tool & Die Maker for Zollner Piston 34 years retiring in 1988.
He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean Conflict and a member of American Legion Post 82, VFW #2457 New Haven, the Marine Corps League, Devil Dogs, and Korean War Veterans.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Stephen J. Abshire, 65, a resident of Columbia City and formerly of Churubusco, died at 3:14 p.m. Monday, May 21, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
He was born March 28, 1947, in Bloomington, a son of Roy E. and Dorthea L. (Stagg) Abshire.
Survivors include his wife Bonita (Romine) Abshire; two daughters Corina Fletcher of Hartford City and Linda Law of Washington, W.Va.; a step-son, Jamey Abshire of Westfield; his mother-in-law, Edith M. Romine of Knapp Lake; a sister-in-law, Linda Barrett of Churubusco; a nephew and seven grandchildren.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Kay C. Boardman, 67, formerly of Waco, Ky., died at 1:50 a.m. Thursday, May 24, 2012, at Renaissance Village.
She was born Dec. 31, 1944, in Lafayette, a daughter of Wayne and Ada (Schuman) Griffin.
On June 11, 1966, she married Bobby V. Boardman.
Survivors include her husband, Bobby; three children, Rob Boardman of Richmond, Ky., Rhonda Stover of North Manchester, Rod Boardman of Fort Wayne; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Adele Murdick of Franklin and Dianne Stout of Trafalgar.
PIERCETON â€” Lonzo Howard, 74, Pierceton, died at 11:40 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2012, in his residence.
He was born Sept. 10, 1937, in Salyersville, Ky. to Bass and Dollie (Allen) Howard.
On June 27, 1959, he married Alice J. Herendeen.
He is survived by his wife, Alice J. Howard, Pierceton; one son, Michael W. Howard, South Whitley; one grandson; two brothers, Rosco Howard, Pierceton and Monroe Howard, Printer, Ky. and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Sammy Howard and Cisco Howard, and two sisters, Arizona Mullins and Betty Allen.
WARSAW â€” Rosalee A. â€śRosieâ€ť Bernhard, 73, formerly of South Whitley, died at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 24, 2012, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor in Warsaw where she had been a resident since July, 2011.
She was born Sept. 25, 1938, in Kokomo, a daughter of Howard E. and Nina M. (Norman) Murphy.
Her formative years were spent in Warsaw and she graduated from Warsaw High School in 1956.
On Dec. 3, 1958, she was united in marriage to Robert D. Bernhard. They always made their home in South Whitley. Mr. Bernhard died March 26, 2003.